Voting for Foreign Aid: How donors shape political behavior in aid dependent democracies (book manuscript). Jablonski, R. 2023.
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In poor democracies, international donors shape many political and policy decisions. Yet donors are often overlooked in studies of democratic practice. This book theorizes and tests the effect of donors and foreign aid on political behavior in aid-dependent democracies, providing new evidence on how donors impact voting, electoral accountability, and policymaking. The author shows that donors have substantially altered democracy by changing the way that voters and politicians think about governance and elections. However the author argues that these changes can be either a blessing and a curse for democracy, depending on how donors choose to interact with governments and how voters perceive these interactions. The book draws on over 800 surveys and interviews with politicians, donors and bureaucrats in Malawi, several large field experiments with politicians and aid recipients, and sub-national data from Sierra Leone, Kenya and Malawi.
@book{JablonskiAidBook,
  title={Voting for Foreign Aid: How donors shape political behavior in aid dependent democracies (book manuscript)},
  author={ Jablonski, Ryan},
year={2023},
abstract={In poor democracies, international donors shape many political and policy decisions. Yet donors are often overlooked in studies of democratic practice. This book theorizes and tests the effect of donors and foreign aid on political behavior in aid-dependent democracies, providing new evidence on how donors impact voting, electoral accountability, and policymaking. The author shows that donors have substantially altered democracy by changing the way that voters and politicians think about governance and elections. However the author argues that these changes can be either a blessing and a curse for democracy, depending on how donors choose to interact with governments and how voters perceive these interactions. The book draws on over 800 surveys and interviews with politicians, donors and bureaucrats in Malawi, several large field experiments with politicians and aid recipients, and sub-national data from Sierra Leone, Kenya and Malawi.}}

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